Recount shows Republican primary for Maine House District 47 decided by two votes

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June 28, 2012


By Greg Janetka

Portland, Maine: Although no incumbents were defeated in Maine's primary on June 12, the Republican race for House District 47 swelled with drama as the night closed showing the candidates separated by only three votes.[1]

Gordon Mank and James Raye were facing off for the Republican nod in a chance to meet Elizabeth Dickerson in the general election. Dickerson was unopposed in the Democratic primary as incumbent Edward Mazurek was term-limited and could not seek re-election. With unofficial results in, Mank's total stood at 165, while Raye had 162.[1]

Raye, who formerly served as Mayor of Rockland, asked for a recount. In results released last week, the Secretary of State's office confirmed that Mank won by just two votes, 166-164. Accepting the results, Raye threw his support behind Mank, but took a dim view of the low turnout, stating, "Whenever you have a low turnout, it’s like playing a championship football game in the rain. You’ve got to vote.”[2]

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